South Africa 13.10.2018 09:23 am

Parliament mourns Pik Botha

Former Foreign affairs minister Pik Botha with his daughter Natasha Arde and great grandson Philip Adrian Arde at his home in Pretoria, South Africa on April 27, 2012. Botha celebrated his 80th birthday and his 14th wedding anniversary by inviting all his friends and family to their small holding in Pretoria. (Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24 /Lisa Hnatowicz)

Former Foreign affairs minister Pik Botha with his daughter Natasha Arde and great grandson Philip Adrian Arde at his home in Pretoria, South Africa on April 27, 2012. Botha celebrated his 80th birthday and his 14th wedding anniversary by inviting all his friends and family to their small holding in Pretoria. (Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24 /Lisa Hnatowicz)

Parliament praise Botha for leading the ‘mindset change amongst proponents of apartheid’.

Parliament’s Presiding Officers have expressed condolences at the passing of former minister Pik Botha who died in Pretoria, aged 86, on Thursday night.

In a statement, Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete and Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces Thandi Modise said they had learned of his death on Friday morning.

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“Following his long service in the apartheid state, notably as Minister and Member of Parliament, Mr Botha was appointed as the Minister of Mineral and Energy Affairs by President Nelson Mandela in 1994, a position he held until 1996 when he retired from active politics.

“He was amongst apartheid-era leaders who led mindset change amongst proponents of apartheid to accept the inevitability of change and played part in the transition to the new South Africa.”

The Presiding Officers extended their condolences on behalf of Parliament to the Botha family and relatives.

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